Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Lord’s Song

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

Music can be a powerful element. Before I was saved, I would read in various music magazines statements like, “Music is the most powerful force on the planet.” Of course we know that God’s power is the most powerful but this illustrates how much influence and “power” some musicians feel music can have. God thought it was so important that he built music into his arch angel, Lucifer, who is now Satan or the devil now. At one time though, Lucifer possibly ruled the planet although I’m not going to get into the argument if there were thousands of years between Genesis 1:1 and 2 at this time. The point is that he was God’s arch angel until he fell.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18 He is now the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2b But at first it was not so. He was a leader and even had music built within him.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Underlines are mine).

While the first eleven verses of Ezekiel chapter 28 deals exclusively with the King of Tyrus, this part does not. Even though he is named, someone else is being addressed. We know this for several reasons.

1. The King of Tyrus was not perfect in beauty
2. He could not have been in Eden
3. While he no doubt had many precious stones, he could not be covered literally with all of these in such a great fashion.
4. The King of Tyrus was “created” from the womb therefore he could not have tabrets and pipes within him.
5. He was not the anointed cherub nor was he on the mountain of God.
6. He was not perfect in his ways for all have been born into sin.

Just from the above, there can be little or no argument that the one being addressed is Satan, or Lucifer before the fall. This describes him before his fall. He was perfect in beauty as all God’s angels are. He had been in Eden at one time and perhaps there was a former one, who knows. The point is that he at one time was a beautiful angel before his fall. He was adorned with all the precious stones including the sardius, the topaz, the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, the carbuncle, and gold. He also had tabrets and pipes built within. These provided for the three basic elements of music: melody, haromy, and rhythm. He no doubt led in worship and praise to God and made beautiful music doing so.


This does not mean that music in itself is bad. When we read the book of Psalms, we are constantly reminded of the psalms written for the choirs and musicians. David himself was a great musician. And while there is no direct mention of musical instruments used in the New Testament church, there is no word that they cannot be used either. However, if you choose not to have instruments in the church, I understand. But when church is over, do you go out into the car and turn on the music that glorifies adultery, sex, and all the vices of sin!

Satan has used music to subvert whole generations. He has used it to demonize and introduce a culture that is only bent on rebellion. Anyone who does a casual glance back in time since the early 50’s when Elvis came on the scene can see how Rock ‘N Roll has advanced and how the wickedness and influence of the music has created a generation gap that was never there before. Even the term is taken from immoral terms. Wikipedia says the following about the term.

The term "rock and roll", which was black slang for dancing or sex, appeared on record for the first time in 1922 on Trixie Smith's "My Baby Rocks Me With One Steady Roll". The word "rock" had a long history in the English language as a metaphor for "to shake up, to disturb or to incite". The verb "Roll" was a medieval metaphor which meant "having sex".

Quite frankly, I don’t feel someone can claim with an honest heart that they are Christ’s and continue to listen and sing the songs glorifying the lusts of this world. Music is esthetic and becomes a part of what we are. That’s why the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5:18-19 the following: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” As Christians, the tunes and lyrics within us should glorify God, not Satan.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Sour Grapes

“What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” Ezekiel 18:2

The above proverb was used by the children of Israel in order to give an excuse for their sins and their captivity. They were saying that, due to the sins of the fathers, they were also sinning. However, God is condemning this excuse as he condemns it today. This generation cannot blame the past generation for their sins but every man must bear his on sin. Galatians 5:5 says, “For every man shall bear his own burden.” Verse 7 then says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This is a true fact of life, and much so concerning the things of God.

When someone says something like, “I got that bad temper from my dad,” or “I know I swear a lot. I got that from my mother,” they are makinging excusing for their sin and blaming it on their parents. They are doing like the children of Israel did when they said that their fathers ate sour grapes and set the teeth of the sons on edge. It is true that we do inherit some traits and even carry some genetic disorders from the past generations. In Exodus 34 6 we read of this account. “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” The Lord is telling Moses that things can be passed down to the third and fourth generation due to the sins of the fathers. However, we are still responsible for what we do today. We may have inherited some traits, but Christ will judge us as to how we deal with these traits, “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10b

Saturday, April 07, 2007

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:34

Just before his death, our Lord felt God had turned his back on him. That’s why he uttered that phrase in Hebrew (even though he spoke Aramaic) that many of us can quote, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani.” It should be a comfort to us then to know that even the Son of God thought that the father had forsaken him. There are many times we feel that today. In the face of a trial where there seems to be no deliverance; in a time when we pray and yet the heavens feel like brass; when we fall into times of despondency or depression and find it difficult to get out; when a loved one doesn’t seem to want to follow Christ but seems to go out of their way to rebel against Him and your counsel; All these make us feel that God has forsaken us. But he really hasn’t.

It is not uncommon to feel discouraged or forsaken. David felt the same way.
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” Those who can buy their way out of a problem or try to remedy it by their own means do not grow in faith and could eventually lose the very faith it takes to be a child of God because “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17b Hebrews 10:38 also says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Our faith is being tried. James 1:2-4 says the following: “¶ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

David oven goes on to say in Psalms 22:2, “O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.” He has prayed and cried out to God but seemly to no avail. He felt forsaken, not even able to get a prayer through. I am Pentecostal and have always heard and repeated the old phrase, “It’s better felt than ‘telt.’” Another words, I like to feel the spirit of God when I pray, worship, preach, and even talk to others about Him. However, sometimes there is no feeling and it is necessary just to walk by faith.

What to do!

What should we do? Keep praying and serving him. Read the Bible because Paul writes in Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It is our roadmap to heaven as well as our guide on earth. I may not always feel his spirit, but I can always read his Word. God doesn’t have to always give a “revelation” or “word of prophesy” although he can as that is scriptural as long is it is in accordance to his Word and it is REALLY from him. He has already spoken to you and I through his Word. If we keep praying and believing, we will be encouraged and he will hear. “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Psalms 42:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

Our Lord is no longer on the cross my friend. He’s not in the tomb, nor is he even on the earth in bodily form. But he is coming back. Be ready! “look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28